Board of Trustees
What is The Board of Trustees?
Waikari Board of Trustee Members
- Jenny Cholmondeley – Chairperson (Health and Safety, Finance)
- Jimmy Butters – Parent Representative (Property )
- Michael Barton – Parent representative (Property)
- Huw Kinch- Parent Representative (Health and Safety)
- Kerry Florance – Staff Representative
- Yvonne Blair – Principal
School boards are usually made up of:
- three to seven elected parent representatives
- the principal as the board’s chief executive, professional advisor and educational leader
- an elected staff representative
- an elected student representative (in schools with students above year 9)
- co-opted trustees (optional)
- state-integrated school proprietor/s may appoint up to four trustees.
Boards of trustees are accountable to parents and caregivers, their local communities, the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education, other government agencies and the public, for their actions and performance. The board is the employer of all the school’s staff and is responsible for:
- setting the school’s strategic and policy direction in consultation with parents, staff and students
- ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students
- overseeing the management of curriculum, staff, property, finance and administration
- constantly monitoring and reviewing progress against targets to inform future planning.
Standing for election
Anyone who wants to stand for election as a school trustee must confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, they are eligible to be a trustee. You don’t need to have a child at the school, or be a parent, to be a trustee. Sections 103 and 103A of the Education Act 1989 list the categories of people who aren’t eligible to be elected, appointed or co-opted as trustees.